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Building Surveyors

Building Survey in Mining and Filled Ground

Building Survey in Mining and Filled Ground

Some surveyors practise in mining areas which are either active or worked out. In mining localities it may be necessary to take specialist advice before reporting on buildings. Building surveyors library that is carrying out survey in these areas, should contains plans and maps showing known mining areas. In some places mining goes as far as beyond Middle Ages and this is the reason why the local knowledge...

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Building Surveyors Detailed Procedures

building survey precedures

Preliminaries One of the first things building surveyors need to do when inspecting the property is to take notes of the character and description of the property, that is, whether detached, semi-detached, terraced, end of terrace and number of storeys. It is recommended to take note of the overall length of the terrace, if terraced house, and check for any signs of movements or rebuilding to other...

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Building Survey Dampness

building survey - dampness

Every examined property should be reviewed and compared to buildings constructed to current standards. Any aberrance of the standards should be carefully considerate and clients should be advised accordingly. Good standards should be having damp-proof membrane in solid floors and damp-proof courses in all walls so the passage of moisture is avoided. Many older buildings wouldn't meet current standards...

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Survey of Walls and Ceilings

building survey - ceiling

One of the things building surveyors will look for are abnormalities in ceilings and walls. If the ceilings are made of older lath-and-plaster, the life of these materials depends on quality of the original work that has been done but also exposure of dampness from the roof or any leakages that occurred over the years. All these factors significantly weaken ceilings and client will be advised to replace...

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Building Survey Gas and Gas Appliences

surveying gas appliences

During the building survey, surveyor should recommend gas service and also gas appliances to be checked before the sale of the property and before any gas is used. Building surveyor should also make notes of any findings that occurred during the examination of the property. Smell of gas is very common in surveying especially old properties. These usually have gas pipes running under the floor boards....

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Water

building survey - water

Supply of hot and cold water must be also checked by surveyor. Location of stopcocks should be confirmed and noted. If these are not found, client must be advice to trace them and have them checked. In older buildings lead plumbing can still be found. This type of plumbing system is nowadays proven insufficient and if found the surveyor should recommend replacement for other modern materials like copper,...

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